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November 21, 2017

Giving Thanks With a Grateful Heart

By Shari Carter
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    A Season to Give Thanks

    I love fall! It is one of my favorite times of the year. Temperatures drop, autumn colors are in their full glory, and the days become shorter — which has a natural way of slowing us down. It’s a good thing we have the seasons to help us regulate our schedules. I have been pushing hard since the beginning of the school year, and just like every other teacher, I am ready for a break.

    No matter how much I adore my teaching my littles and love my job, I always look forward to having extra time off during the Thanksgiving break. Breaks are essential as they give us a chance to catch our breath and invigorate our souls. Breaks also provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on all we have to be grateful for.

    Giving Thanks With a Grateful Heart

    I have raised my own children to live life with a grateful heart. When times are hard, grateful hearts ease suffering. Things can always be worse. It seems like such a cliché, but there’s a whole lot to that simple little phrase. Taking time to give thanks for the good in our lives makes it hard to zero in on the things troubling us. It takes bad times to know good times, and for that, I am grateful. So, here’s to giving thanks and looking for the good in our lives, schools, classrooms, and our students!

    I am Thankful For…

    My Family

    What would I do without them? These three are my support system on my craziest days, and are always there when I need them most. No one cheers louder for me than my family. They fill my heart with love, and for that I am ever grateful. My family loves me unconditionally, and totally accepts me — quirks and all! They are patient with me when I work too many hours, because they understand my passion for teaching. My family’s love and support makes me a better teacher.

    My School

    This school has my whole heart. It’s where my children went to school and received their own educations. I have been a part of the Cecil D. Andrus community as a parent, volunteer, and now, a teacher. I LOVE my job here! I can’t imagine working anywhere else. We have a great community of learners and families. The staff at our school is as good as it gets. I am thankful this is my home-away-from-home, and look forward to walking through this school’s doors each and every day!

    My Colleagues

    I work with the most delightful staff! These people are not only my coworkers — they are my friends. We share ideas and get inspiration from one another. It’s wonderful to work in an environment where people lift one another other up. I have solace knowing I can lean on these people when times are tough. My coworkers look out for me, and their actions show they see the best — not only in me — but all who are a part of our community. These amazing people work tirelessly to find new and unique ways to meet the needs of their students, and are simply the most dedicated staff I have ever had the privilege to work with!

    My Students

    They are why I do what I do, and boy, how I love these little people! The best part of my day is when I open my door each morning, and see their sweet faces. These children are so eager to come to school, and that is more than enough inspiration to keep me doing what I love to do. In my eyes, the most important part of my job is building relationships. I want to be the kind of teacher that makes kids want to come to school. This job is never boring — every day is unique. The things these little guys say just tickles me pink. My students are smart, kind, and funny, but most of all they are my heroes!

    Cleaning and Cooking

    I’m sure you’re thinking this is strange, but let me explain. No. I don’t enjoy the process and hard work of cleaning, but I do LOVE having a clean house! Being a teacher, and having breaks like these, afford me the time and energy to get my home life back in order. I am grateful for that time, and appreciate when I have those extra hours to make my house a more welcoming place to be.

    And yes, I love to cook! To be honest, I don’t always have a meal on the dinner table on school nights. (Thank goodness my family is patient about that too.) But during breaks, I am thankful for the time I get to cook extra yummy meals for this family of mine, and the time we get to spend together at the dinner table. Baking is another one of my passions. I love to make (and eat) sweet treats! My kitchen is my happy place, and sharing the sweet treats I make with my friends and family completely fills my heart.   

    My Country

    Simply put: I love my country! I love that I live in a place where children are entitled to a free education. I am thankful for the daily sacrifices that are made by others, so that I can live in a free and peaceful world. Although this great nation is far from perfect, there is no other place I would rather call home.

    My Scholastic Family

    Being a part of a company that cares so much about kids, makes me proud. I was especially touched this summer by Scholastic’s immediate response to the families who became instant victims of Hurricane Harvey. Donations were made to Red Cross, and significant donations of books were made to help rebuild the affected libraries. The care, concern, and generosity demonstrated by Scholastic just makes my heart swell.

    My Top Teaching Team

    I am thankful to be a Top Teaching blogger! I have learned a lot about myself through my blogging adventures with Scholastic’s Top Teaching team. I’m extremely grateful to have a platform to share what I love most, and provide help to other teachers around the country. Scholastic cares deeply about teachers and works hard to support and provide resources to make our lives as educators a little easier. I am proud to be a small part of this very special organization.

    What Are You Thankful For?

    I would love to hear about the things that fill your heart, and make you grateful. Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts, joys, and things you love in your life. I am thankful for my family, students, and for each and every one of you! Thank you for following me on this adventure where I get to share what I love doing every day!

    Happy Thanksgiving from my class to yours!

    Here are some other Thanksgiving ideas from my Top Teaching blog posts: "Thanksgiving Fun in the Classroom" and "5 Stories and Activities for Thanksgiving."

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    xo-Shari

    A Season to Give Thanks

    I love fall! It is one of my favorite times of the year. Temperatures drop, autumn colors are in their full glory, and the days become shorter — which has a natural way of slowing us down. It’s a good thing we have the seasons to help us regulate our schedules. I have been pushing hard since the beginning of the school year, and just like every other teacher, I am ready for a break.

    No matter how much I adore my teaching my littles and love my job, I always look forward to having extra time off during the Thanksgiving break. Breaks are essential as they give us a chance to catch our breath and invigorate our souls. Breaks also provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on all we have to be grateful for.

    Giving Thanks With a Grateful Heart

    I have raised my own children to live life with a grateful heart. When times are hard, grateful hearts ease suffering. Things can always be worse. It seems like such a cliché, but there’s a whole lot to that simple little phrase. Taking time to give thanks for the good in our lives makes it hard to zero in on the things troubling us. It takes bad times to know good times, and for that, I am grateful. So, here’s to giving thanks and looking for the good in our lives, schools, classrooms, and our students!

    I am Thankful For…

    My Family

    What would I do without them? These three are my support system on my craziest days, and are always there when I need them most. No one cheers louder for me than my family. They fill my heart with love, and for that I am ever grateful. My family loves me unconditionally, and totally accepts me — quirks and all! They are patient with me when I work too many hours, because they understand my passion for teaching. My family’s love and support makes me a better teacher.

    My School

    This school has my whole heart. It’s where my children went to school and received their own educations. I have been a part of the Cecil D. Andrus community as a parent, volunteer, and now, a teacher. I LOVE my job here! I can’t imagine working anywhere else. We have a great community of learners and families. The staff at our school is as good as it gets. I am thankful this is my home-away-from-home, and look forward to walking through this school’s doors each and every day!

    My Colleagues

    I work with the most delightful staff! These people are not only my coworkers — they are my friends. We share ideas and get inspiration from one another. It’s wonderful to work in an environment where people lift one another other up. I have solace knowing I can lean on these people when times are tough. My coworkers look out for me, and their actions show they see the best — not only in me — but all who are a part of our community. These amazing people work tirelessly to find new and unique ways to meet the needs of their students, and are simply the most dedicated staff I have ever had the privilege to work with!

    My Students

    They are why I do what I do, and boy, how I love these little people! The best part of my day is when I open my door each morning, and see their sweet faces. These children are so eager to come to school, and that is more than enough inspiration to keep me doing what I love to do. In my eyes, the most important part of my job is building relationships. I want to be the kind of teacher that makes kids want to come to school. This job is never boring — every day is unique. The things these little guys say just tickles me pink. My students are smart, kind, and funny, but most of all they are my heroes!

    Cleaning and Cooking

    I’m sure you’re thinking this is strange, but let me explain. No. I don’t enjoy the process and hard work of cleaning, but I do LOVE having a clean house! Being a teacher, and having breaks like these, afford me the time and energy to get my home life back in order. I am grateful for that time, and appreciate when I have those extra hours to make my house a more welcoming place to be.

    And yes, I love to cook! To be honest, I don’t always have a meal on the dinner table on school nights. (Thank goodness my family is patient about that too.) But during breaks, I am thankful for the time I get to cook extra yummy meals for this family of mine, and the time we get to spend together at the dinner table. Baking is another one of my passions. I love to make (and eat) sweet treats! My kitchen is my happy place, and sharing the sweet treats I make with my friends and family completely fills my heart.   

    My Country

    Simply put: I love my country! I love that I live in a place where children are entitled to a free education. I am thankful for the daily sacrifices that are made by others, so that I can live in a free and peaceful world. Although this great nation is far from perfect, there is no other place I would rather call home.

    My Scholastic Family

    Being a part of a company that cares so much about kids, makes me proud. I was especially touched this summer by Scholastic’s immediate response to the families who became instant victims of Hurricane Harvey. Donations were made to Red Cross, and significant donations of books were made to help rebuild the affected libraries. The care, concern, and generosity demonstrated by Scholastic just makes my heart swell.

    My Top Teaching Team

    I am thankful to be a Top Teaching blogger! I have learned a lot about myself through my blogging adventures with Scholastic’s Top Teaching team. I’m extremely grateful to have a platform to share what I love most, and provide help to other teachers around the country. Scholastic cares deeply about teachers and works hard to support and provide resources to make our lives as educators a little easier. I am proud to be a small part of this very special organization.

    What Are You Thankful For?

    I would love to hear about the things that fill your heart, and make you grateful. Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts, joys, and things you love in your life. I am thankful for my family, students, and for each and every one of you! Thank you for following me on this adventure where I get to share what I love doing every day!

    Happy Thanksgiving from my class to yours!

    Here are some other Thanksgiving ideas from my Top Teaching blog posts: "Thanksgiving Fun in the Classroom" and "5 Stories and Activities for Thanksgiving."

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    xo-Shari

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